The following guide will show you How to Get Local Channels on FireStick. The instruction provided below also work on all other Amazon Fire TV Devices including Firestick 4k & Fire TV Cube.
While subscription-based streaming services now offer live and on-demand content from several television networks, it’s quite tricky to get access to your local TV channels over the web.
National TV networks, such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC broadcast their local station feeds for free over-the-air, but you will also need to set up an antenna and a TV tuner for accessing the channels.
Fortunately, those who use an Amazon Firestick for online video streaming can stream their local channels with official TV Everywhere apps from major American television networks.
This detailed guide will tell you everything you need to watch local channels on Firestick, whether you have a cable/satellite TV connection or not.
- 1 How to Get Local Channels on Firestick
- 2 Watch Local Channels on Firestick with Live TV Services
- 3 Availability of Local Channels on Live TV Services
- 4 Wrapping Up
How to Get Local Channels on Firestick
ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are four of the major local channel broadcasters in the United States. All of the networks offer their TV Everywhere apps for Fire TV devices, which requires users to log in with a cable or satellite subscription for unlocking the live and on-demand content provided by the network.
Here’s more about the TV Everywhere services in details:
ABC – Watch Full Episodes & Live TV
The official ABC app for Fire TV devices offers not only your local ABC channel stream but also full seasons of your favorite ABC shows on-demand.
You can watch the latest episodes from Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Rookie, A Million Little Things, Modern Family, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more ABC shows live with the ABC app. Soon after the end of the TV broadcast, they will be available to stream on-demand as well.
Content from ABC News and ESPN on ABC sports programming is also accessible from the ABC app. For personalized content and watchlist, you can create your ABC account and link it with the ABC app on Firestick.
CBS Full Episodes and Live TV
Similar to ABC, CBS offers its TV Everywhere app for Fire TV devices. When logged with TV provider details, you get access to four live channel streams from the network, which are your local CBS station, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live.
You also get complete coverage of all the popular CBS series, such as NCIS, Blue Bloods, FBI, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Big Brother, Love Island, Mom, along with the late-night shows with James Corden and Stephen Colbert. The CBSN and CBS Sports HQ channel deliver 24/7 news and sports coverage, respectively.
You will also be able to stream live sports events like NFL on CBS.
The CBS All Access subscription lets you enjoy every one of these services without linking your cable or satellite TV provider account. In addition, the subscription offers a sizable library of original content.
In select markets, you can even watch the network’s live channels with CBS All Access. The monthly subscription is currently priced at $5.99/month.
FOX NOW: Watch TV Live & On-Demand
You can watch your local FOX channel live by signing in to the FOX NOW app on Firestick with your provider credentials.
The app also features on-demand content, which includes many of your favorite FOX shows, such as The Masked Singer, Last Man Standing, The Resident, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Family Guy, The Simpsons, MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, etc.
Select live and on-demand sports events from NASCAR, Major League Baseball, College Football, NFL, Major League Soccer, WWE SmackDown, XFL, and many more are available for streaming on the FOX NOW app.
You can also stream Fox News specials like Special Report with Bret Baier, The Five, and Bill Hemmer Reports live.
It’s worth mentioning that Fox also offers separate TV Everywhere apps for its FOX Sports, Fox News, and Fox Business channels.
The official NBC app provides the live feed of your local NBC channels, with access to Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, and USA Network, which are the sister channels from the NBCUniversal network.
Similar to other TV Everywhere apps, the NBC app also gives you access to full seasons of NBC shows, including Law & Order: SVU, This Is Us, Good Girls, The Blacklist, Chicago franchise, New Amsterdam, and hundreds of additional classic sitcoms on-demand.
The latest episodes from NBC’s reality shows like The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Little Big Shots, Songland, and Bring the Funny are also added on a regular basis.
You can link your NBCUniversal profile with the NBC app to manage and synchronize your recommendations and watchlist across NBC’s additional TV Everywhere services. Just like FOX, NBC’s sister channels and NBC Sports are available as standalone TV Everywhere apps in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices.
List of Cable-Based Local Channels on Firestick
Alongside TV Everywhere apps from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, the Firestick also supports the following services that offer your favorite cable-based channels:
|AMC||A&E||BET||BBC America||Cartoon Network App|
|DisneyNOW||The CW on Fire||E!||Comedy Central||Watch TBS|
|Watch TNT||Nick||CNBC – Fire TV||CNNgo||ABC News Live|
|CBS Sports||ESPN for Fire TV||NBC Sports||FOX Sports||Discovery GO – Fire TV|
|HISTORY||Food Network GO||Nat Geo TV||truTV||MTV|
|NBC News||HGTV GO||Showtime Anytime||Paramount||SCI GO – Fire TV|
Watch Local Channels on Firestick with Live TV Services
There are plenty of subscription-based, live TV services that provide local channels on Firestick. Some of the most popular OTT live TV services include AT&T TV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu, Sling, and YouTube TV. Here’s more about them in details:
AT&T TV NOW
AT&T’s online live TV streaming service, AT&T TV NOW, currently offers two featured packages, which are PLUS ($55/month) and MAX ($80/month). The PLUS package has over 45 channels, whereas the MAC package covers 60+ channels. Both of the packages include local entertainment, news, and sports channels.
500 hours of cloud DVR storage is also included with your AT&T TV NOW subscription, as well as continuous streaming on up to three devices at the same time. Local channels are also available with AT&T TV NOW’s additional packages.
Based on your regional availability, fuboTV offers more than 150 channels with its plans. Even the base fubo Standard plan ($54.99/month) offers 65+ channels, which does include local stations from major entertainment, sports, and news networks. It’s worth noting that the fubo Standard plan will go through a $5 price hike next month, bringing up the plan’s monthly price to $59.99. The monthly Family plan’s cost will also jump from $59.99 to $64.99.
With the base plan, you get 30 hours of cloud DVR space and concurrent streams limited to two devices only. The Family or Ultra plan has 500 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as one extra device for live TV streaming.
Hulu’s live TV subscription costs $54.99/month, providing 65+ local and national channels in the vast majority of the US market. The Hulu + Live TV plan is the only subscription plan Hulu offers to cord-cutters. However, the channel lineup is broader than most other live TV streaming services in this list.
Cloud DVR is limited to 50 hours by default, but you can increase the limit to 200 hours with Hulu’s Enhanced Cloud DVR add-on. Similar to fuboTV, Hulu’s live TV streaming is capped to two devices at once. It’s possible to remove the limit with the Unlimited Screens add-on, at least on the same network. The max number of devices streaming Hulu live TV on different networks is limited to three only.
While the add-ons will cost you $9.99 each, you can add both of them to your Hulu subscription plan with the $14.99 add-on bundle.
Sling is the most affordable live TV service for Firestick users. It offers two different plans at the same price, Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Both of the plans are priced at $30/month, and the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan is priced at only $45/month. You get 45 channels with Sling Blue and 30 channels with Sling Orange.
In select Designated Market Areas, Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue offers local FOX and NBC channels. You do get 10 hours of recording time with your Sling subscription, but the number of simultaneous streaming relies on your Sling plan.
The recent addition of channels has resulted in a $15 price hike of YouTube TV’s monthly subscription, from $49.99 to $64.99. YouTube TV is currently offering 85+ channels, which does include local entertainment, sports, lifestyle, and news channels from different markets.
YouTube TV also offers unrestricted cloud storage for DVR, as well as three simultaneous streams and subscription-linking with up to six accounts. It doesn’t have any additional plans or feature add-ons, except a few premium network add-ons.
Availability of Local Channels on Live TV Services
The table below will show you the availability of popular local channels on live TV services mentioned in this guide:
|Local channels||AT&T TV NOW||fuboTV||Hulu||Sling||YouTube TV|
This guide is your one-stop destination to watching local channels on Firestick. We have extensively discussed several TV Everywhere and over-the-top live TV streaming apps that offer 24/7 streams of your favorite local channels.
These apps can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore on every current-gen Fire TV device, including Fire TV Pendant (Gen 3), Fire TV Cube, Firestick/Firestick 4K, and Fire TV Edition TVs/soundbars.